By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014
Samsung’s co-CEO and mobile chief J.K. Shin is in the hot seat as the company posts its third straight quarter of operating-profit declines.
It’s fascinating to watch how quickly things are turning for the conglomerate responsible for nearly one-fifth of South Korea’s Gross domestic product.
Operating profits were down sharply, decreasing a whopping 25 percent year over year. More importantly, Samsung’s favorite business metric – the market share – is under pressure, too: its worldwide share of smartphones slipped to 25 percent in the second quarter from 32 percent a year earlier.
This is bad news considering that 76 percent of the firm’s profit comes from smartphones. What gives? Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2014
As expected, Apple is out with its financial report for Q3 2014 this afternoon. In a press release issued just a few moments ago, the company announced that it sold 35.2 million iPhones, 13.2 million iPads, and pulled in $37.4 billion in revenue during the three month period.
Apple beat its own guidance, and met projections on just about everything but iPad numbers. It would seem that the problems continue with the popular tablet line, as sales came in more than 1 million units less than expected. We have a full breakdown of the numbers below…
By Cody Lee on Jul 2, 2014
According to a new report, T-Mobile is set to begin allowing the purchase of accessories on EIPs (or equipment installment plans) later this month. Citing a leaked internal memo from the carrier, TmoNews says that the new option will be available on July 20th.
The move will enable customers to pick up their favorite accessories, such as Beats headphones or Bluetooth speakers, without having to pay a large sum of cash up front. As it does with smartphones, T-Mobile will split up the price into small, monthly payments… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2014
I’m sick and tired of hearing armchair analysts repeatedly proclaiming Apple’s unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c a failure just because sales numbers don’t meet their wet dream targets.
I bought an iPhone 5c for my Mom’s birthday. My friend owns one. Yes, I even see it used in public.
To this date, not a single iPhone 5c owner exhibited a case of buyer’s remorse.
I mean, you never hear anyone complaining about Apple’s practice of keeping past two iPhone generations on the market at reduced prices whenever a new model comes along. The strategy has served the company well and that’s exactly what the iPhone 5c is – a previous-gen iPhone repackaged inside a plastic chassis, sold at a discount.
A lot of ink has been spilled to paint the iPhone 5c a dud, but time and again real world numbers simply don’t corroborate this notion. A good example is a new Kantar survey proving that Apple’s mid-tier handset beat Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 in terms of sales in the United Kingdom… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jul 2, 2014
Apple is poised to have another record-breaking quarter for iPhone sales, if a new prediction proves to be true. According to Wells Fargo Securities analyst Maynard Um, the addition of new carriers and several promotions will help drive iPhone sales to 36.5 million for the June quarter. Um predicts that Apple will have quarterly revenue of $38.2 billion, beating the Wall Street prediction of $37.9 million… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2014
MacRumors is reporting that Apple is set to launch its annual ‘Back to School’ promotion in the US and several other countries beginning tomorrow—Tuesday, July 1st. The company runs the promo at various times in different regions, depending on their respective educational calendars.
According to the site, Apple will be offering up iTunes Store/App Store gift cards to students that purchase a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Similar to last year, it sounds like students will receive a $100 App Store gift card for the purchase of a new Mac, and a $50 card for new iOS device purchases… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 26, 2014
If you are planning on purchasing a new iPhone, you will be happy to hear that Walmart is discounting the 16 GB iPhone 5s to $99 (down from $149) and 16 GB iPhone 5c to $29 (down from $49) when activated on a two-year service agreement. The new prices are effective tomorrow, making this one of the better iPhone deals available in-store in the United States… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014
After a four-year hiatus, Costco has began selling select iPhone and iPad models at steep discounts of up to 70% off. The big box retailer had stopped selling Apple products in 2010 following a dispute in which it was not allowed to carry the iPad, but it appears that the two companies have now reconciled their business relationship.
Costco now offers a limited selection of iPhones on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon through its online store, including the 16 GB iPhone 5s in space grey, silver or gold for just $77.99. The smartphone regularly retails for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, making this one of the better deals for an iPhone 5s you will find. The devices are not available in stores… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on Jun 20, 2014
This week is shaping up to be an exciting one in terms of App Store sales from major developers. Halfbrick Studios is still offering its entire game lineup for free for a limited time, Sega has discounted all Sonic games to 99 cents and now Electronics Arts is offering a massive sale on over 40 apps.
EA has slashed the price on dozens of its iPhone and iPad games to just 99 cents, with the regular prices ranging between $1.99 and $9.99. We’re not sure how long this impromptu sale will last, so get downloading quick if there are any classic EA games for iPhone and iPad missing from your collection. Here is a complete list of the apps on sale… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2014
Target is holding a significant sale right now in the run-up to Father’s Day, and is discounting a number of its products. Among the deals, the retailer is offering the 16GB Wi-Fi model of the first generation iPad mini for $199.
That’s a solid $100 off of the tablet’s original price tag, and even beats out the ‘Special Limited Time’ pricing offered in the refurbished section of Apple’s web store. We’ve got the full details on the short-term promotion below… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2014
Folks in the market for an iPad may want to check out the refurbished section of Apple’s online store. The company is currently hosting some sort of sale on its tablets, with several models showing ‘Special Limited Time’ pricing.
The deals start with the first generation iPad mini (16GB, Wi-Fi only), which has been discounted down to $219, and go all the way up to the iPad Air. You can get a refurbished 64GB Air, with built-in cellular support, for $699… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 30, 2014
RadioShack has just given us the heads up that it has begun a new iPhone promotion. Starting today, the electronics retailer will be offering the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint at its ‘lowest in-store prices ever.’
Folks looking to snag a newer model iPhone on one of these carriers can pick up a 16GB 5s for $79.99 (with a two-year contract of course) or a 16GB 5c for $29.99. And if you trade in a working iPhone 4s, you could get either phone free… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 26, 2014
As it does every year, ZAGG is hosting a huge sale on its mobile device accessories this weekend. On Monday, May 26 and Tuesday, May 27 the company will be taking up to 50% off of everything site-wide for Memorial Day.
For those not familiar with ZAGG products, they make a wide range of add-ons for both Apple and non-Apple products including iPad keyboards, iPhone cases and invisibleSHIELD screen protectors for over 6,500 devices… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 25, 2014
Mobile device case-maker Case-Mate has joined in on the flurry of Memorial Day sales this weekend. Through Monday, May 26, the company will be taking 40% off of all of its products site-wide in celebration of the US holiday.
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Case-Mate makes premium cases for a wide range of smartphones and tablets including Samsung’s Galaxy S and Note 3 lines, HTC’s One, and of course several iPhone and iPad models… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 22, 2014
Chair has just released a monstrous update for its popular Infinity Blade III game this morning. The so-called ‘Blade Masters’ update brings the app to version 1.3, and offers up a number of new features and characters, as well as other improvements.
Among the changes is a new character called the Collector, an ancient Deathless Blade Master who has a penchant for fine weapons. Ryth also makes a return, along with 6 new enemies, and you can prepare for them using the brand new Trainer feature… Read More
By Sébastien Page on May 18, 2014
When Calendars 5 came out back in September of last year, we called it one of the best calendar apps for iOS. At the regular price of $6.99, it was a no-brainer for people looking for a powerful alternative to the stock calendar app, but it was a purchase hard to justify to people who don’t necessarily need a better calendar.
As of today, price will not be an issue as Calendars 5 is going free for the next 48 hours or so. Our advice, you might have figured it out by now, is to grab this app while you can… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2014
In announcing financial results for the March 2014 quarter, Apple surprised analysts by reporting basically flat iPad growth.
Compared to the same quarter in 2013, sales of the Apple tablet hit the 16.35 million unit mark versus analyst consensus of 19.7 million units. More worryingly, it’s a 16 percent annual drop from the 19.5 million iPads moved in the year-ago quarter.
Slowing growth is the new normal rather than an anomaly because the tablet market as a whole has seen little innovation lately, cautions Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 11, 2014
Good news gamers, Chair Entertainment has dropped the price on its popular title Infinity Blade II. For a limited time, you can pick up the game, which normally retails for $6.99, for just $0.99 for both the iPhone and iPad versions.
Infinity Blade II was first announced in October of 2011, during the iPhone 4S event, and was released on December 1 of that year. It’s powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 tech, and it features the same addictive gameplay as the original… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 7, 2014
May 11 is the Mother’s Day holiday here in the United States so MacPhun, a San Diego, California developer which makes fine photography software for digital artists of all skill levels, is conveniently running a massive Mom’s Day promotion that offers notable discounts on its many Mac photography apps. These apps usually don’t come cheap but starting today and through next Monday, May 12, you can download them on the Mac App Store and save up to 40 percent on their regular prices.
I’ve included download links and a short description of each app right below… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 6, 2014
Folks looking to purchase a new handset soon may be interested to hear that Apple is expected to host an iPhone upgrade event this week at its retail stores. The news comes from 9to5Mac, who says the company will begin emailing owners of older iPhones tomorrow, notifying them of the program.
According to the report, the move is part of a larger effort to boost handset sales and the promotion will kick-off on May 8th. The deal will be offered in a number of states across the US, and will ‘blend nicely’ with Apple’s retail store-based iPhone trade-in program it introduced in August of last year… Read More